HOLBEACH UNITED 5 (Parker 11 & 45, Tidswell 27 & 58, Treacher 69) IRCHESTER UNITED 1 (Abrahart 4): IF Carslberg did starts to the season, they’d mimic Holbeach United.
The Tigers made it eight wins from as many games in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday, as Craig Parker and Andrew Tidswell both fired doubles.
Tommy Treacher was also on target at Carter’s Park in a five-star showing against struggling Irchester, keeping John Chand’s side second in the early standings.
Holbeach chief Chand admits he didn’t see the perfect opening to this season coming, but puts it down to something money can’t buy – team spirit.
He said: “We weren’t quite at our free-flowing best, but it’s testament to how far we’ve come as a side that we still won so comfortably.
“With all due respect, Irchester are one of the struggling sides that do their best to make it difficult for you. But we broke them down and it was pretty comfortable.
“I really didn’t imagine we’d still be unbeaten by October, so full credit to the lads. Most of the side has been together for three years and the team spirit is unrivalled.
“Obviously, teams will now see us a scalp – but we’re ready for that.”
If Holbeach thought Irchester were going to roll over for them, they were soon proved wrong at Carter’s Park.
It took the visitors just four minutes to open the scoring, as Luke Abrahart fired past Michael Emery.
The hosts weren’t behind for long though, as left-sider Parker turned home an inviting Treacher cross.
That man Treacher played a huge roll in the Tigers’ second too. He sent a pass through to Tidswell, who rounded the keeper to put his side ahead.
It got even better for the hosts before the half-time break, as Parker finished off a fine individual run to make it 3-1.
The second period was one-way traffic, with sub Robbie Harris playing an integral role for Holbeach.
First, the ex-King’s Lynn Town striker fed Tidswell for his second just before the hour.
Then Harris turned provider for the hard-working Treacher, who deservedly got his name on the scoresheet.
Although the points were already sealed, new keeper Emery was forced to pull off a smart stop to deny Abrahart at the other end.
But it was Holbeach who had the better chances in the closing stages.
Full back Jonny Allen sent a header over before sub Jamie Stevens won a penalty after being hauled down in the box.
Tidswell stepped up in a bid to complete his hat-trick, but sent the ball flying over the bar. His miss mattered little though, with the Tigers sending another emphatic message to their UCL Premier Division rivals.
Considered dark horses for the title by many before the start of the season, it’s hard to deny the title credentials of Chand’s side now.
And if they can win at Newport Pagnell on Saturday, more will be jumping on the bandwagon.
Tigers: Emery, Allen, Jackson (Harris 55), Smith, Brown, Flack (Griffiths 65), Toyne, Warfield (Stevens 72), Parker, Tidswell, Treacher. Not used: Elston.
• Saturday: Newport Pagnell v Tigers (3pm).